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2 Peter

2 PETER 1:2

Many believers want more of God's kindness ("grace") and peace, but they are unwilling to put forth the effort to get to know him better through Bible study and prayer. To enjoy the privileges God offers us freely, we must grow in our knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.#Read 2 Peter 1:2 #GetConnected

2 PETER 1:3,4

The power to lead a godly life doesn't come from within us, but from God. Because we don't have the resources to live full of "glory and virtue," God makes us "partakers of the divine nature" to keep us from sin and help us live for him. When we are born again, God by his Spirit empowers us with his own goodness. #Read 2 Peter 1:3, 4 #GetConnected

2 PETER 1:5-9

Faith must be more than belief in certain facts; it must result in action, growth in Christian character, and moral discipline, or it will die away. A life of faith leads to learning to know God better, developing patience, doing God's will, and loving others. These actions do not come automatically; they require hard work. They are not optional; all of them must be a continual part of the Christian life. We don't finish one and start on the next, but we work on them all together. God empowers and enables us, but he also assigns us the responsibility of learning and growing. We should not be surprised or resentful of the process. #Read 2 Peter 1:5-9 #GetConnected -

2 PETER 1:10

Peter wants to rouse the complacent believers who have listened to the false teachers and believe that because salvation is not based on good works they can live as they want. If you truly belong to the Lord, he says, your hard work (diligence") will prove it. If you are the Lord's and your hard work backs up your claim you will never be led astray by false teaching or glamorous sin. #Read 2 Peter 1:10#GetConnected -

2 PETER 1:19

Christ is the "day star," and when he returns, he will shine in his full glory. Until that day we have Scripture and the Holy Spirit to illuminate it for us and to guide us as we seek the truth (see also Luke 1:78; Ephesians 5:14; Revelation 2:28; 22:160. #Read 2 Peter 1:19 #GetConnected -

2 PETER 1:21

"Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" means that the Scripture did not come from the creative work of the prophets' own inventions or interpretations. God inspired them, so their message is authentic and reliable. God used the talents, education, and cultural background of each writer (they were not mindless robots); and God cooperated with the writers in such a way as to ensure that the message he intended was faithfully communicated in the very words they wrote. #Read 2 Peter 1:21#GetConnected -

2 PETER 2:1

Jesus had told the disciples that false teachers would com (Matthew 24:11; Mark 13:22, 23). Peter had heard these words, and now he was seeing them come true. Just as false prophets had contradicted the true prophets in Old Testament times (see, for example, Jeremiah 23:16-40; 28:1-17), telling people only what they wanted to hear, so false teachers twisted Christ's teachings and the words of his apostles. These teachers belittled the significance of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. Some claimed he couldn't be God; others claimed he couldn't have been a real man. They allowed and even encouraged all kinds of wrong and immoral acts, especially sexual sin. We must be careful to avoid false teachers today. Any book, tape series, or Tv message must be evaluated by God's Word. Beware of special meanings or interpretations that belittle Christ or his work. #Read 2 Peter 2:1 #GetConnected -

2 PETER 2:3

Teachers should pe paid by the people they teach, but these false teachers were attempting to make more money by distorting the truth and saying what people wanted to hear. They were more interested in making money than in teaching truth. Peter and Paul both condemned greedy, lying teachers (see 1 Timothy 6:5). Before you send money to any cause, evaluate it carefully. Is the teacher or preacher clearly serving God or promoting his/her own interests? Will the money be used to promote valid ministry, or will it merely finance further promotions? #Read 2 Peter 2:3 #GetConnected -

2 PETER 2:4-6

If God did not spare angels, or people who lived before the flood, or the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, he would not spare these false teachers. Some would have us believe that God will save all people because he is so loving. But we are foolish if we think he will cancel the last judgment. These three examples should warn us clearly that God judges sin and that unrepentant sinners cannot escape. #Read 2 Peter 2:4-6 #GetConnected

2 PETER 2:10-12

The "dignities" may be angels, all the glories of the unseen world, or , more probably, fallen angels. A similar passage is found in Jude 1:8-10. Whichever they are, the false teachers scoffed at the spiritual realities they did not understand, taking Satan's power lightly and thinking they had the ability to judge evil. Many in our world today mock the supernatural. They deny the reality of the spiritual word and claim that only what can be seen and felt is real. Like the false teachers of Peter's day, they are fools who will be proven wrong in the end. Don't take Satan and his supernatural powers of evil lightly or feel arrogant about how defeated he will be. Although he will be destroyed completely, he is at work now trying to render Christians complacent and ineffective. #Read 2 Peter 2:10-12 #GetConnected -

 2 PETER 2:19

A person is a slave to whatever controls him. Many believe freedom means doing anything you want. But no one is ever completely free in that sense. If we refuse to follow God, we will follow our own sinful desires and become enslaved to what our bodies want. If we submit our lives to Christ, he will free us from slavery to sin. Christ frees us to serve him, resulting in our ultimate good. #Read 2 Peter 2:19 #GetConnected

2 PETER 2:20-22

Peter is speaking of a person who has learned about Christ and how to be saved, and has even been positively influenced by Christians, but then rejects the truth and returns to his sin. He is worse off than before, because he has rejected the only way our of sin, the only way of salvation. Like a man sinking in quicksand who refuses to grab the rope thrown to him, the person who turns away from Christ cast aside his only means of escape (see the not on Luke 11:24-26). #Read 2 Peter 2:20-22 #GetConnected

2 PETER 3:3,4

In the last days scoffers will say that Jesus is never coming back, but Peter refutes their argument by explaining God's mastery over time. The "last days" represents the time between Christ's first and second comings; thus , we like Peter, live in the last days. We must do the work to which God has called us and believe he will return as he promised. #Read 2 Peter 3:3,4 #GetConnected

2 PETER 3:10, 11

God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But God in not slow; he just is not on our timetable (Psalm 90:4). Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to him. We must not sit and wait for him, but live in the realization that time is short and we have important work to do. Be ready to Meet him anytime, even today; yet plan your course of service as if he may not return for many years. #Read 2 Peter 3:10,11 #GetConnected

2 PETER 3:310, 11

Christ's Second Coming will be sudden and terrible for those who do not believe in him. Bout if we are morally clean and spiritually alert, it won't come a a surprise. For other prophetic pictures of the Day of the Lord, see Isaiah 34:4; Joel 3:15,16; Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; Revelation 6:12-17.Realizing that the earth is going to be burned up, we should put our confidence in what is lasting and eternal and not be bound to earth and its treasures or pursuits. Do you spend more of your time piling up possessions or striving to develop Christlike character? #Read 2 Peter 3:10,11 #GetConnected

2 PETER 3:18

Peter concludes this brief letter as he began, by urging his readers to get to know God better and better. This is the most important step in refuting false teachers. No matter where we are in our spiritual journey, no matter how mature we are in our faith, the sinful world always challenges our faith. We still have much room for growth. If every day we draw close to Christ, we will be prepared to stand for truth in all circumstances. #Read 2 Peter 3:18 #GetConnected

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